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good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> and i'm robin roberts. it is wednesday, september 1st. this morning, hurricane alert. earl heads toward the east coast, now a category 3, with winds up to 125 miles per hour. evacuation orders are already being issued. and sam is on the outer banks of north carolina, tracking the storm. now, it's time to turn the page. >> handover. president obama makes a somber address to the nation, ending combat operations in iraq. his top mission now, the economy. we asked vice president joe biden, in iraq, what comes next. and take a look at this. this man tasered three times in his own home. for refusing to go to the hospital. was it the right call? or did police go too far? and the fight of his life. michael douglas speaks out about his grueling treatment for advanced throat cancer and his
vow to beat it. good morning, everyone. and, george, michael douglas, showed a lot of grace and humor in discussing his cancer fight. >> even though it is serious, stage 4 cancer. >> we'll have that in just a little bit. again this morning, we're looking at that powerful hurricane, very closely. earl makes his way towards us. he's still on track to sideswipe the east coast, with hurricane watches for north carolina and virginia. evacuations are under way in north carolina this morning. sam is there. and we'll have the very latest for us this morning. >> it moved a little east overnight. still a serious threat. our other top story, the president's address from his new oval office last night. saying after seven years of war in iraq, it's time to turn the page and focus on fixing our economy at home. the official handover ceremony takes place in baghdad today.
50,000 troops will remain in iraq. nearly 100,000 in afghanistan. we'll speak with the vice president about what comes next. and a stunning end to the alaska senate race. republican lisa murkowski concedes the race to joe miller, in what may be one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 election. >> the tea party showing so much strength in the republican primaries. we want to get straight to hurricane earl. it's been almost 20 years since a storm this massive threatens such a large portion of the east coast. our team is portioned across the storm path. and we start with sam in north carolina. >> good morning, george. ocracoke island is one of the beautiful barrier islands. it's only accessible by ferry. it's one of the first places you would ask people to leave if a storm was coming your way. at 5:00 this morning, that's what happened. there's about 5,000 guests or vacationers that are required to leave. the 800 residents are asked to leave. but some may make their own
decision. we'll show you why we're concerned about the water along the coastline. look at the pictures from hatteras. this is 2003, hurricane isabel. took water and breached not only the shoreline, but washed out roads. this is the kind of thing they're concerned about. sometimes it may not be a storm that's right up on the edge of the coastline. but it will still have strong waves. we're expecting 12-foot to 16-foot waves out of all of this. and can quickly flood a coastal area. let's show you a 3d map. this storm has weakened overnight. see the dry air curling in underneath, the south. there's two things against the hurricane right now. but it's still a fairly strong hurricane. one of them is the dry air that's curling in. and also, a little bit of steer that it's influencing. category 3, a strong hurricane. and the entire track shifted a bit more to the west. we think this will be very close to the coastline, not only of north carolina. but the jersey shore.
missing the new york connection. but turning out toward long island a little bit. 100 miles of long island, with 12-foot to 16-foot wave there's. and some of the worst weather, right over the edge of the cape and eastern massachusetts. so, we'll be watching this very carefully this morning. robin? george? >> sam, thank you. we'll be checking with you a lot. north carolina's neighbors up the eastern seaboard, also watching and waiting. that's where we find john berman, on eastern long island this morning. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the storm isn't due to pass by these parts for a couple days. but already today, they'll start moving these cans and chairs off these beaches. anything that might fly away. there is a sense of urgency here, with officials practically begging the public to pay attention. it throttled parts of the caribbean. and now, it threatens a huge swath of the northeast. emergency command centers are switching into high gear. >> we're watching it like a
hawk, day by day and hour by hour. >> reporter: why? take a look at suffolk county, new york. 900 miles of coastline, nearly 1.5 million people. the blue area shows how a storm like earl could bring coastal flooding to a huge swath of people if it swings close by. the new jersey shore, with 1.5 million people. >> we're going to be extra vigilant. >> reporter: in cape cod, massachusetts, with more than 200,000 full-time residents, and a population that explodes on a holiday weekend. and one of the biggest fears for officials? not enough fear. what are you most nervous about right now? >> i think some people even out in the streets, they're talking about what storm? >> reporter: joe williams is in charge of emergency management for suffolk county, new york. and judging from what we heard on the packed beaches, he had reason to be worried. how nervous are you about this hurricane? >> not at all. >> i love it. >> reporter: the traffic to hot spots like the hamptons and cape cod can wreak havoc on a normal
day. with the possibility of thousands fleeing a storm near a holiday weekend, it could be even worse. and if people need to jog their memories, in 1991, hurricane bob hit the northeast, killing 18 people. >> a hurricane in new england. >> reporter: and the infamous of 1938 left an estimated 700 dead. now, even though the storm doesn't pass by here until late friday, probably, officials say they need to decide by today whether to start evacuating people from nearby fire island. it's one of those coastal barrier islands. it has tens of thousands of people on it this time of year. and they have to start moving them off as early as tomorrow morning if they think they have to. robin? >> many were thinking of going there for the holiday weekend. john, thank you. joining us now, is a man who has been tracking earl around the clock, fema administrator, craig fugate. it is great to have you back with us this morning. we just heard in john's report, about local authorities on long
island, deciding today whether to evacuation portions of the island. what is the timeframe to make these decisions so they can be useful? >> it's really based upon each community. we've done a lot of work to plan on how long it takes to evacuate, before they expect tropical-force winds to arrive. that's what they're using to decide when they have to go. and unfortunately, the evacuation may start with blue skies and clear weather. and people don't get that sense of urgency. and this is based on timing to allow with all of the traffic and congestion, for people to get to safety. so, they need to go when evacuation orders are issued. >> evacuation orders are new for a lot of people here in this part of the country. how do they know where to go? >> well, for most folks, if you're there visiting, you're going to return to your home. for those folks leaving their home going somewhere else, now is the time to know where you're going. and the evacuation plans are based on getting you out of the storm surge area.
you don't have to go hundreds of miles. but you need a destination. often times, friends and family who live outside of the evacuation. or hotels or motels or shelters. but you need to have a destination now. that's part of the plan. if you don't have it, you don't want to wait until evacuation orders are given. make sure you know where you're going to go when it's time to go. >> craig, what concerns you most about the storm? >> again, as you're hearing, a lot of people are saying, the skies are great. this is the weekend coming up. it's a holiday. i don't want to disrupt my plans. and i'm going to wait. problem is, we know this storm is not going to, you know, give us a lot of time, as it starts moving north. and the evacuations are based upon how long it takes to get people to safety. that factors in all of that horrible traffic. we know this is a major inconvenience. i think people need to understand, you need to respect this hurricane and take the steps to protect yourselves and your family.
and hopefully, we will not have significant loss of life. >> and you were -- >> again, it's going to -- >> i'm sorry. >> again, it's going to come down to people taking that step to evacuate when the orders come. >> and you were scheduled to talk with president obama later today. what are you going to tell him? >> well, we're going to talk about what we're doing to support the states. but also, looking at the fact, that we have to have teams ready to go from carolina to maine. we're working at our state parkers in this evacuation, and in response, if required. >> craig fugate, thank you for your time again this morning. we appreciate it. have a good day. >> he seems to have captured people's attitudes about the hurricane perfectly. we're going to turn to president obama's historic address last night. despite the exit of combat troops, 50,000 troops remain there. they're turning it over to an iraqi military and government. what happens next? dan harris is in the palace. >> reporter: i'm outside one of
saddam's old palace, which is part of an american military base, called camp victory. and beyond these walls there's about to take place what is called a change of command ceremony. the outgoing commander of u.s. forces in iraq, general ray odierno, is passing to general austin. as you mentioned, george, the remaining 50,000 troops here in iraq, the 50,000 american troops, are no longer technically combat troops. they are, instead, what is called advise and assist troops. they're job is to help the iraqi police and army stand up to take total control of security in this country. just a moment ago, we spoke with one of the top u.s. commanders on the ground here about what this day means. >> i think it's very significant. 7 1/2 years engaged here. you take a look at the soldiers as you talk to them around here. you'll find that the great majority of veterans are, this is my second time. many of the soldiers have been here two, three, four, five
times in the last seven years. but it says that we've enjoyed tremendous progress here. is it perfect? no. are there challenges? absolutely. but there has been great progress. >> reporter: we should say the mood among iraqis on this day is something less than celebratory. many of the iraqis i've spoken to, george, say they're very worried with u.s. combat troops gone, violence here is going to spike once again. back to you. >> okay, dan. the president did promise that all of the troops would leave by the end of next year. he made a hard press to fix the economy. he called it his central responsibility as president. >> we have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in iraq. and spent vast resource abroad at a time of tight budgets at home. and so, this moment, as we wind down the war in iraq, we must tackle those challenges at home, with as much energy and grit and sense of common purpose, as our men and women in uniform, who
have served abroad. >> and for more on all of this, we're joined by vice president joe biden. he's in baghdad this morning for the changeover ceremony. thank you for joining us, mr. vice president. in his address last night, president obama called this an age without surrender ceremonies. is there no surrender ceremony in this case because this is not a war that's been won? or did the united states achieve victory in iraq? >> look, george. what this is about is, about a change of command and a change of mission. we are moving from having to be the aggressive force out there, the combat force. we're leaving behind 50,000 people, as you point out, to assist and train the iraqis. i might point out, the iraqis are already being tested. they have, in fact, among them, special forces as good as any in the world. they have been basically doing the main responsibility of leading this effort for the last four months.
we've withdrawn 100,000 troops, george. roughly 100,000. but we are also now ramping up our civilian and diplomatic effort here in this country. and so, it's not like we're walking away. and i'd like to point out one other thing. every, single poll shows two-thirds of the iraqi people want us to keep george bush's commitment that we leave totally, in terms of combat troops, by the end of next year. >> that's the paradox, isn't it, mr. vice president? because they want the united states to leave. that is clear, as you point out there is also a lot of worry that if the united states leaves, the violence is going to spike. the president reiterated that commitment last night. all u.s. troops home at the end of last year. is that rock-solid, even if the violence spikes and starts to spiral downward again? >> we have a written agreement with the iraqi government, signed by george w. bush, binding president barack obama to withdraw all troops by the
end of next year. now, in the process of that, we're not leaving iraq. we still have 50,000 troops in place, who can shoot straight. who are totally capable of combat, if that became necessary in the interim. but we have faith that the iraqi troops that are sacrifices that have allowed to be trained, are, in fact, ready. and will be increasingly capable of providing total security for this country by the end of next year. >> the president also said in his speech last night that he would begin -- make no mistake, he said. begin the transition out of afghanistan, next july. that drew some criticism from your former senate colleague, john mccain. take a listen. >> the fact that we're telling these people there, our friends and our enemies, that we're leaving, and the president reinforced that ambiguity again tonight, puts our forces in harm's way, unnecessarily. >> he says the united states hasn't learned the lessons from
the surge in iraq. >> look. i respect john. but remember, john's the guy, george, who declared victory in iraq in 200 -- in afghanistan, in 2005. number one. number two, this is a policy agreed to by the military, as well as the civilians in this government. and that military includes a republican secretary of defense, who stayed over, or at least it was in a republican administration. and general petraeus. what we are saying is, we are going to begin to transition to afghani forces. an endless commitment is not a policy. it's critically important that the afghanis begin to step up. and the president's provided resources in the form of over -- roughly 100,000 american troops in afghanistan, with coalition forces, to train that military, that afghani military. and it's as much a marker for
them to step up to the responsibility, as it is a marker to the american people, that we are going to begin to transition. last point, that transition will be condition-based. but it will begin in the summer of next year. >> finally, sir, the economy. the president said it's a central mission of responsibility last night. republican party chair michael steele, said the president has no plan to restore the economy. and even some democrats said, most important, do no harm, and that means raising no taxes this year. given that, are you convinced the democrats have the votes to repeal all of the bush tax cuts this year? and will you push for a vote before the election? >> look, our overwhelming focus is to make sure we continue the tax cuts for the middle class. and we provide additional tax cuts for small businesses that actually hire people. that's what we hope when the congress comes back in session.
the republicans will stop filibustering the tax cut for small businesses and the senate for small business. there's a bill in the senate, that passed the house. let's get about the business of creating more jobs. let's get about the business, giving small businesses the incentive to expand. that's our focus. we hope the republicans will begin to join us. pete sessions, the congressman who is in charge of the election efforts in the house, said that when we take control, if they take control, we're going to go back to the same, exact agenda we had before. that's the agenda that drove us into a deep recession. that is no answer. the answer is to do what we've done in iraq, begin to cooperate. and provide for the incentives for small businesses. cut taxes for the middle class. and continue to try to stimulate the economy. >> mr. vice president, thanks for your time this morning. >> thank you, very much, george.
and now, bianna is in for the morning's news. in for juju this morning. >> good morning, george and robin. we begin with the stunning political upset. and a big win for the tea party movement. alaska senator lisa murkowski has conceded defeat in the republican primary to joe miller, a little-known attorney endorsed by sarah palin. murkowski is the third senator to lose renomination this year. president obama welcomes israeli and palestinian leaders to the white house today, to resume peace talks for the first time in three years. meantime, the militant group, hamas, is promising more attacks on tuesday's west bank, which killed four israelis. another troubling sign for the economy. this year's back-to-school shopping season has not lived up to retailers' expectations. new figures show people are not just spending that much more than last year. and they're sticking to necessities.
and finally, here's a note to self. if you're ever transporting a rare piece of art, don't get drunk on the job. a new york art currier lost this $1 million painting, "portrait of a girl." he said he had too much to drink the night before. he was supposed to show it to a buyer and doesn't remember where he put it. now, he's being sued by the current owner, who you wouldn't be surprised, used some choice words to describe him. my greatest on-the-job fear is -- up until hearing this. taxi cabs. bars. >> very fishy story. he didn't pass a lie-detector test, did he? >> a little sketchy. i think there's more to this story. >> we have a lot more on the hurricane. sam champion down on the outer banks of north carolina. >> good morning, george, robin. let's deal with what's going on this morning. we'll start with the idea that winds and waves may be the worst part of the storm for the east coast.
here's a wind profile. 30-mile-per-hour to 40-mile-per-hour winds from the carolina coastline to the jersey shore. once you get past long island and the cape, the winds will pick up more. and the cape could have 70-mile-per-hour winds with this storm. elsewhere on the board, we're looking at big heat breaking as the storm works closer to the coastline. it's 97 the new york. 96 in washington. 95 in richmond.
today locally it's about the heat, code red air quality, the record set in 1962. muggy tonight and tomorrow. on friday we'll watch earl pass to the east and then bring in really nice weather for labor day weekend with highs in the lower 80s and dry. and the temperatures are heating back up on the west coast. we'll have all of america's weather live from atlantic beach, north carolina, in the next half hour. >> thank you, sam. something that will heat up our message board, this story. a man tasered in his own home for refusing to go to the hospital. did he provoke them? also, michael douglas speaking out for the first time about his throat cancer. the grueling treatment.
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good morning. 7:26. all eyes on ocean city. we have a weather station there. we're watching the hotel plaza, 76 degrees. a great weather day today and tomorrow before thursday night and friday. locally 69 degrees with sunshine over towson. we're watching the forecast model indicating the first outer rain bands beginning to clip north carolina tomorrow
afternoon. and then maybe clipping ocean city. the eye passing 150 miles within the reach of tropical storm force winds, but hardly anything in baltimore. this is not like isabelle, little already no impact in baltimore. today 95 degrees, a sunny hot day. code red air quality. let's check on traffic with kim brown. >> we have an injury accident in pikesville, slate avenue at reisterstown road. traffic slow going around the beltway, as we look here, the outer loop at a crawl at harford road up towards dulaney valley road, the top side of the beltway. looking at the maps, crashes, injury accident 95 southbound approaching the beltway on the rosedale side. a crash at bel air road and sulfur spring, in severna park, northbound ritchie highway lanes closed at mckenzie road
because of an accident. just expect some page delays through anne arundel county. jamie costello here with your update. >> we're keeping an eye on earl. we'll update the story in anne arundel county searching for the suspect accused of raping an 83-year-old woman in glen burnie. as a career prosecutor i made decisions on facts not politics. in washington, i'm trying to do the same. that's why i voted to crackdown on wall street and protect the bay. and why i voted against the $3 trillion budget, the big bank bailout, and against the health care bill. you see for me it's not about democrats or
the percentages are very good. i would hate to say. but right now, it looks like 80%. >> yeah. >> and for certain hospitals and everything, it does improve. >> that is michael douglas, making his first tv appearance after being diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. he is speaking out for the first time about his chances of beating the disease. how he broke his news to his kids. and surprising reaction from his wife, catherine zeta-jones. good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> and one of the things you're diagnosed with cancer, the moment you're diagnosed, you're a survivor. from that moment forward. just his grace and humor, admirable. >> and david letterman and he ended up hugging. we'll have more on that ahead. also this morning, "extreme home makeover" presidential style. when the presidents spoke from the oval office last night, you
may have noticed some changes. there's a new look. we'll talk about the changes made and how it reflects the president's personality. we begin this half hour, george, the man suing his police department, after deputies tasered him multiple times in his own home. awe he says, all he did was refused to be taken to the hospital. it's all caught on tape. and we warn you that the video you're about to see is disturbing. here's mike von fremd. >> reporter: 60-year-old peter mcfarlane is a cancer survivor, with a heart condition. hardly the man you would expect to be tasered in his own home. the camera is rolling when mcfarlane is tasered three times. why did this happen? mcfarlane told kgo, that he slipped on the front steps. paramedics treated him and hr leaving when two deputies came
into his home. >> they came in like there was a gun fight going on. >> reporter: deputies wanted to take mcfarland to the hospital, fearing he would harm himself. at first, everything seems calm. >> we want you to -- you said you would shoot yourself in the head. >> i'm depressed. >> okay. well, that's why we want you to talk to somebody. >> reporter: but then, mcfarland becomes agitated. >> i didn't ask you in my house. get out of here. >> stop it, honey. >> peter, just cooperate. >> reporter: no one would back down. >> get your hands behind your back. >> [ bleep ] you. >> get your hands behind your back. [ yelling ] >> quit resisting. stop resisting. stop resisting. >> reporter: mcfarland is now suing the marin county sheriff's office.
>> i think mr. mcfarland has a whale of a case, in terms of his claims against the police. this idea that somehow they needed to take him in for a psychiatric examination because he was a threat to himself is almost laughable. >> reporter: california's court of appeals set strict guidelines that warn police tasers should only be used in threatening situations because it inflicts more pain than other so-called nonlethal weapons. in a statement, the sheriff's office says, we are confident the actions of our deputies will be found to have been both within the law and department policy. for "good morning america," mike von fremd, abc news, los angeles. so, were sheriff's deputies right to taser peter mcfarland in his home? let's bring in his attorney, john scott, who joins us from san francisco. and also joining us is former homicide detective, rob wheeler, in washington. thank you for joining us. >> good morning.
>> this happened in june of last year. we want to make sure your client is doing all right now. and why he is now suing the marin county sheriff's department. >> well, he has recovered physically. i'm not sure he's recovered totally emotionally from this. and he's suing because that's the only remedy he has in our system of justice. we no longer have an eye for an eye form of justice. and his remedy is to file a lawsuit for compensation for his injuries. and that's what we've done. >> sheriff's deputies say they were concerned about the welfare, the mental welfare, of your client. he said at one point he wanted to kill himself, he was in so much pain. he claims, of course, it was just an expression, he was using. he wanted the police officers to leave. were the officers -- should they have been concerned about his welfare? >> well, i think officers should be concerned about the welfare
of every citizen, especially someone who is suffering from physical injuries, which is what happened in this case. i don't think that's the issue here. >> we could see that he had fallen. and his pants were torn and all. ron, let me ask you. you're a former homicide detective. and no one is disputing that officers have to make some difficult decisions. from what we can see on the tape, mr. mcfarland was getting up. he was cursing. but he was just getting up here, we see. and he's tasered. >> right. >> is that a time to use a taser? >> well, here's the thing, robin. you have to take into account all of the -- the entire situation and all of the circumstances. let's not forget that this gentleman was intoxicated. we can't see that on the video. the police officers obviously know that. they think that was part of the reason why they felt they had to use the taser. we see in law enforcement, individuals that are intoxicated often times, robin, become very
violent and hostile. so, the police officers had to make a quick decision at that time to take this guy down in the most safest way possible. and they thought that instead of using a nightclub or something like that and getting into a physical altercation, it would be better to just taser this guy. render him useless. and at that point, safely take him into custody. >> yes, he had been drinking. but again, he was in his own home. >> sure. >> he's sitting on the couch in his living room. and something in a mike von fremd alluded to a moment ago. the ninth circuit of appeals said they're not like a baton or pepper spray. that the objective facts must indicate that the suspect poses an immediate threat to the officer or a member of the public. does this situation fit that criteria? >> it depends on how you look at the situation. when you're on the scene of a case like this, robin. as we can see on the videotape, the officers repeatedly ask the gentleman to come and peacefully go with them.
he stood up and started walking toward the officers. at that point, the officers had to make a critical decision to take this guy down. the safest way to do that at that point was to use the taser. in olden times, a situation like this would have ended up with a shooting or something like that. luckily, the officers had the utility of the taser. and they were able to take this guy safely into custody. >> you support the fact that they used the tasers. you support that. >> yes. >> let me go back to john for final comments. what is mr. mcfarland hoping will come about with this suit in what will it lead to? >> there's two goals. one is to be compensated for his injury. and the other one is hopefully to raise the, i guess, the public perception and hopefully change public attitudes toward the use of tasers in situations where force is not warranted. i mean, these are deadly
weapons. he had a heart condition. he could have easily been killed here. the officers were, in fact, illegally in his home. so, we're hoping to further the debate. and we think it's a healthy debate, in terms of under what circumstances tasers should be used. >> and it's a debate i'm sure will continue. john and rod, thank you very much for giving us both sides of the story this morning. we appreciate your time. we want to know what you think. did the officers go too far? you can weigh in on our shoutout board at abcnews.com/gma. it's time to get the weather with sam on the north carolina outer banks, keeping a close watch on hurricane earl. good morning, again, sam. >> good morning, robin. we're here on atlantic beach. i want to show you how calm the water is right now. barely a little wave for the surfers to catch on the outside here. at any given time you don't see the waves coming up. but that will change a little bit later tonight, as the waves get more active and the storm
gets closer. still more than 800 miles from the coastline. let's get to the boards. let's first deal with the big heat. there's a lot of strong heat in the eastern part of the country. and it will take this cold front to break it. this is the cold front we hope will interact with earl and kick it out away from the new england area. today through thursday, we look at big heat and near-record temperatures. also into boston and philly, as well. elsewhere, where the severe weather is. west coast, i'm sorry. on the west coast, these temperatures are warming up, as well, after what had been cool. san francisco abou and all that weather was brought
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oscar winner michael douglas is speaking out for the first time since he was diagnosed with advanced throat cancer last month. douglas has began chemo and radiation and has vowed to beat this. bianna golodryga has more with this. >> reporter: he opened up on the air waves last night. and in a detailed interview in "people" magazine, he said he had had a sore throat for months.
he knew something was up. his wife actress catherine zeta-jones says she's furious that doctors didn't diagnose it sooner. >> michael douglas. >> reporter: michael douglas appeared on television last night, speaking candidly about throat cancer. >> i found out three weeks ago. i finished my first week of radiation and chemo. it hurts. it comes in waves. >> reporter: the 65-year-old academy award winner, appeared to be in good spirits. openly discussing the walnut-sized tumor that doctors found on the back of his tongue weeks ago. >> i had a sore throat, early in the summer. and i actually went through a litany of doctors and tests. they didn't find anything. got a biopsy. they analyzed it. it's a stage 4, which is intense. so, they've got to go at it. >> reporter: he said that his hard partying past may have contributed to his illness.
>> i smoked cigarettes and i drank. and this particular type of cancer is caused by alcohol drinking. >> reporter: douglas and zeta-jones decided not to hide his illness from their two children. 10-year-old son dillon and 7-year-old daughter, karis. even taking them to his chemo. they compared the treatment to a computer game. they liked seeing all the stuff about it. i think it relieved them of the fear of the unknown. douglas also tells "people" that one of his most heart-breaking moments about his diagnosis, was that his son cameron found out about his father's illness. he got blind sided, douglas says. i was unable to get to him before he had a fellow inmate tell him. douglas has had a challenging year. aside from cameron's battle with drugs and the law, his ex-wife filed a lawsuit, looking for half of his earnings from the upcoming film, "wall street, money never sleeps."
as an actor, douglas' main tools are his face and his voice. and douglas' are something of a trademark. >> greed, for lack of a better word, is good. >> they decided they were not going to do facial surgery. he is not going to lose his trademark voice. they don't expect that he's going to have any lasting effect from this treatment. >> reporter: douglas' doctors say, there is a high probability of a cure. through it all, douglas remains optimistic. >> i feel like i want to do something for you. can i do something for you? >> ah, give me a hug. >> all right, by gosh. >> reporter: it takes a lot for david letterman to give a hug to his guests. meantime, doctors say so far, his cancer has not spread. his wife says after the first round of chemo, he went straight to the gym. saying, quote, if there's anything michael has, it's strength. and throat cancer has about a 60% survival rate if caught early enough. >> thank you, bianna. when we come back, what do
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"around the watercooler" this morning, the most powerful leader in the world has redecorated the most powerful office in the world.has president obama revealed the new look for his office last night. let's look at the old office. you get a sense of the changes. there's the old one. let's look at the new again.
you'll see that we have new couches. the new camel-colored couches. >> neutral colors. >> neutral colors. kind of a mod coffee table there. >> and no taxpayer money. >> i have to confess, i'm friends with the decorator, michael smith. so, i love it. >> get a discount on your place, if you say that. this is not new for the president to do this. >> recently, presidents have done this. they didn't do this 50 or 60 years ago. >> let's look at daddy bush, what his -- right. and then, president clinton. right. >> no striped couches with president clinton. >> then, george w. bush. >> one constant is that desk, which was a gift from queen victoria. first used by president john f. kennedy. the last several presidents have also used it. president obama keeping that, as
well. >> you have to worry about the timing, though. doing it now. every president has a right to do what they want to the oval office. but the timing now, in the tough economic times. >> see if he gets some heat for it. we want to know what you think. weigh in on our shoutout board. quilted is towel speak for air. but viva puts 35% more towel
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a heat wave continues. 7:56. ocean city, 77 degrees. great weather today through at least the middle of tomorrow. locally we've been watching towson from the new camera at west towson elementary, 72 degrees. essentially what we're watching here is earl chugging off the edge of the screen. high pressure protecting us now. cold front approaching, all steering earl to the outer banks of the carolinas. tomorrow, overnight, through friday morning. close to ocean city, it will friday morning, out of here by labor day weekend. they will get tropical storm force winds in ocean city, probably about 60, 65 miles per hour, at most. locally today though it's really going to be a light wind day, but a high pollution day
with 95. code red air quality. be careful if you're outside. 95 southbound as you make your way through white marsh approaching beltway towards the split, no fun at all. very long delays from an earlier disabled vehicle approaching the beltway, that was blocking the left center lane. it's been cleared but we're seeing good residual delays. here is 95 at the o'donnell street exit moving better as you make your way through baltimore city. a couple accidents around the area, on the outer loop, at northpoint boulevard, we have a single car off the roadway getting some attention. a backup in anne arundel county, and a crash in columbia, gateway drive and robert fulton drive, expect minor delays on 175 so far. stay with us, we're sending you back to new york for good morning america. m%
♪ well, talk about it talk about it ♪ ♪ talk about it talk about it ♪ ♪ talk about it talk about it ♪ ♪ talk about moving some new "morning mix" theme music. it is "morning mix" day here. i'm george stephanopoulos, with robin. we're going to have a great ith "morning mix" today. we have gayle king. >> uh-huh. she's just sitting down. she acts like she's been there forever. >> right next to meghan mccain, who was here with her new book, "dirty, sexy politics." our message boards went wild. everything from the president's oval office address last night. they'll talk about glenn beck. maybe on the oval office redecoration, as well. also, the back-to-school products that made the top grade with "good housekeeping."
and what to put in the backpacks, too. also this morning, the morning country music stars and fans have been waiting for. derek bentley and amanda lambert join us live. for the cmas. >> i love it. first, we want to check on hurricane earl, barreling towards the east coast. sam champion is tracking the storm from north carolina. hey, sam. >> good morning, george. let's give you the quick update. here's the things that are steering earl, that we're watching. there's a large area of high pressure in the north atlantic. it will try to go west of that. and there's a cold front approaching from the north and west. it will try to squeeze east of that. there's the hurricane center's latest track. this is a little disturbing. the southern part of the track takes it more west, that means closer to the outer banks of north carolina. now, we're expecting 80 or 90 miles off the coast. that puts stronger winds on the coast of north carolina.
even more rain and higher waves. waves are going to be at least 12 to 16 feet with this storm. the good news for the northeast is, there's really no change. it will ride off the coastline. but get very close to the cape cod area and the eastern end of long island. enough to cause some wind and wave damage there. we'll have the rest of america's weather in a moment. george? robin? >> sam, thank you. in today's edition of "america's health," important medical news for women who have the so-called breast cancer gene. many have made the difficult decision to have preventive surgery, even though they're healthy. now, for the first time, proof that decision may have saved their lives. sharyn alfonsi has their stories. >> reporter: sandra cohen refers to herself not as a survivor. but a previvor. >> right now, i never had cancer. so, i survived it. >> reporter: cohen has a history of breast cancer in her family. and has the brca, a gene mutation. that makes her more likely to get breast cancer.
>> it felt like a ticking time bomb and my time was running out. >> reporter: so, sandra decided to have her breasts and ovaries removed, even though she's never been diagnosed with cancer. >> anyone hungry? >> yes. >> until i had kids and started thinking about what their future could be, i felt more strongly that i needed to take action and do something. so, that they wouldn't live in fear. >> reporter: some of her friends thought it was a radical step. but the new study validates the difficult decision that she and thousands of other women have already made. researchers looked at nearly 2,500 woman with the brca moue tigs. of the 247 that chose to have mastectomieses, not one had cancer. of the over 900, to have ovaries and tubes removed, only ten got cancer. compare that to those that chose not to have any surgery. 9 8 of them were later diagnosed
with cancer. pat is looking at the study. she learned she had the brca mutation at age 23. >> i don't know if i want to have kids. i'm 31. i need to figure that out on my own, with my husband. >> reporter: personal decisions, thousands of women now face. each one choosing their own course and hoping for the very same result, a long, healthy life. for "good morning america," sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. we're going to delve into this more with our medical tributer, dr. marie savard. marie, you have written extensively on these types of surgeries. this study's enormous. >> i think the results are huge. for the few women, the 5% of women who inherit the genes, they have a great risk of breast and ovarian cancer. this study has shown what we already have known, that it reduces the risk of either cancer. but it also has the potential to save their life.
and that is new. >> you know there are skeptics out there saying, if you remove the organ, of course, you're going to remove any chance of cancer. but you say it goes beyond that. >> i want to remind anyone, mastectomies reduce the risk of cancer. in this study, zero cases in three to six years. removing your ovaries will do a number of things. it reduces your risk of varian cancer by 30% or more. and could save your life. it increases your life expectan expectancy. ovaries do two things. it removing the estrogen that could fuel the breast cancer. that's the link between the breast and the ovary. remove the estrogen, removing the fuel that the breast cancer cells need. it's a big decision. >> absolutely. obvious, there's some downsides to removing your ovaries. >> there are. i mean, it's obvious.
a young woman is going to go quickly through rapid, early menopause. she's going to have disabling symptoms. hot flashes can be difficult. not only that, she starts to lose bone and develops osteoporosis. and increasing her chance for heart disease. and you heard the concern about child bearing. on the other hand, for women who need to make this difficult decision, this study may help them. it's giving them more information about even survival. and in my experience, women will often make that decision. for women that don't have the genes, it's important that you keep your ovaries as long as possible. we know from a nurses study, that women up to the age of 45, you will have, if your ovaries are removed too soon, increase in mortality. you need the estrogen for your heart and bones. don't remove the ovaries too soon. that's the tricky point of the study that's left unsaid. >> how do you know you should go about and be tested for the brca
gene? >> women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, especially under the age of 50, they should consider it. also, consider genetic counseling. that's very important. know your pros and cons, to make an informed decision. and all women, knowing the family history. knowing what's out there. and knowing there may be a choice for you that you have that option. >> and you just want to know that you have the choices. marie, i know you did a lot of work on this. thank you so much. you can go to abc.com/"gma" for our comprehensive cancer resources, including diagnostic tools and answers to your questions. time for the news. bianna golodryga is in for the vacationing juju chang. >> good morning, everyone. iraqi security forces are taking charge of securing their own country. vice president biden and defense secretary gates are taking part in a change of command ceremony in baghdad, formally ending u.s. combat operations, and handing
control the iraqis. president obama last night said it's time to turn the page on the war and focus, instead, on improving our economy. he also promised troops staying behind will be home by the end of next year. israeli and palestinian leaders are in washington this morning to begin the first peace talks in nearly two years. expectations, however, are low. the talks follow tuesday's deadly attack in the west bank. the army is investigating the mysterious death of ten babies at ft. bragg in north carolina since 2007. three of the infants spent time in the same house on the base. early tests indicated that the house may have been built with chinese drywall. but the army says later testing showed that was not the case. in california, lawmakers have voted down a bill that would have outlawed plastic bags at grocery stores. it would have forced shoppers to bring reusable bags or pay for paper. tifinally, two, quick neat notes from hollywood. shia lebeouf is the top actor in
hollywood. he is worth more each dollar he's paid as an actor. and mel gibson's career is not as tarnished as you may think. 70% of people polled by "vanity fair" would go see his movies, despite the bad publicity surrounding his personal life. now, for a look at what's coming up on "world news." here's diane sawyer. >> we'll be out all day today on hurricane earl, covering it as you have been doing. we'll have the very latest. where it's heading. what the force of the winds will be. and we'll show you what people are doing to get ready. that will be coming up tonight. our own sam champion. he is the best in the weather business. the best value, according to us at "gma." he's back in north carolina. good to see you, sam. >> thank you, bianna. you know, you're the best at the news business. come on. come on. >> we all are here. >> collaboration society.
here we are. let's get a little of what's going on with earl this morning. we'll briefly mention it. the latest advisory makes it closer to the carolina coastline, on its way north. there's some strong storms in the middle of the country. this severe weather is being led by a cold front through the country. along that, we're looking at places like north platte, sioux falls, omaha, kansas city. this can be 80-mile-per-hour winds, large hail and even some tornadoes. a watchful eye for this area for storms. on the big board, on the west coast, heat back on the plan, all from l.a. to the san francisco area. the heat stays in place through texas, as it's never gone anywhere. the heat is still in the new england area, waiting for the front to come through and make its connection to earl. but here's the deal on earl, watching it very closely move toward that carolina coastline and skirt up the east coast. al
and we are live on the coast of north carolina, watching hurricane earl. i will say, robin, george, you're the best in the business. >> how did we know that was going to come? we're all right. all right. >> yeah. all right. >> thank you, sam. >> thank you. coming up next, are you ready to mix it up? meghan mccain, gayle king, join our "morning mix." going funky town on you. talk about it.
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[ male announcer ] have a heart to heart with your doctor about your risk. it's laughs over a coastal soup and grilled shrimp salad. catching up over wood-grilled shrimp and chicken. and with lunches starting at just $6.99... it's an hour you wouldn't trade for anything. it is time for "the morning mix," where we tackle all the hot topics of the day.e morning this morning, we dig into president obama's big speech he gave last night. and the office he gave it from.
glenn beck's revival at the lincoln memorial. and lindsay lohan's comeback. and her mistakes. we welcome back gayle king. and also, meghan mccain, columnist for "the daily beast." and also, her book, "dirty, sexy politics." let's talk about last night. president obama, big and historic moment, meghan, after 7 1/2 years of war in iraq. he says combat operations are over. he took some heat from those saying, this was rich to take credit, given he opposed president bush's surge. >> he was one of the biggest detractors. and people see the irony that he was against the surge. and now, he recognizes the success. and me, as a republican, we're giving our enemies a timeline, for them to wait it out and
possible attacking us again. >> the president not apologizing for the surge. on the other hand, he did promise to bring the troops home. they're coming home. and he has no apologies at all, for not opposing the war in the first place. >> and i think it's important to acknowledge that, you know, he was very clear that he did not want this war to happen. i think, you know, when we look back at history, many of us believe we got into this war under false pretenses. i think it's interesting that people are saying he's not acknowledging the surge. he's not giving republicans credit for the surge. i think he very graciously acknowledged president bush. he very graciously said, we're on opposite sides. but we talked yesterday. and you get to the point where you do not want to have an open-ended war. and i thought it was very important to make that point. turn the page, as difficult as it is. i kept thinking, george, and meghan, too, last night of all of the people who lost loved
ones in this war. and now, we're going to move on. and we have to devote ourselves to the economy, where he talked about the resources that were being taken away during the war, that we now need to devote to this country. i thought he hit all of the right notes. i get so frustrated because i think no matter what he does, as president of the united states, he's going to be knocked. he's never acknowledged for all of the things that he does do. and it's very frustrate for me to sit and watch it. >> i think the president gets maybe the biggest pass of any president ever. obviously, we disagree. but that's no surprise, with the two of us on. >> it's no surprise, that me and meghan mccain disagree. >> the issue at hand, is what about the soldiers in afghanistan, fighting. what do they think that there's an exit strategy? what are they doing right now? >> i think we have to have an exit strategy. that's the beauty of it. i think you have to have -- i was so excited that he said, we are not going to have an open-ended war. i think it's so important to get
that message across. >> and the president did make a point of saying -- he actually tried to play both sides a little bit. he said, make no mistake, the withdrawal will begin next july. but he did say the pace of withdrawal would depend on conditions on the ground. we don't know exactly how fast that withdrawal will come next july. let's move on to the office, that the president gave the speech from. let me put up the picture of the great redecoration of the oval office. already, gayle, getting a fair amount of comment online. some saying the couches are too casual. this is just a little bit of too cool, not formal enough, of the oval office. >> again, no matter what he does. it's ridiculous, look at the couches he has. and people saying, did you notice during the address, was the office. all we saw was the desk and the president. i didn't see the wallpaper. i didn't see the couches. when you look at it, it's very tastefully done. there isn't bright yellow. bright orange. it looks presidential.
i don't know why now there's a big controversy or criticism about the way the office looks. meghan were talking. we were saying, we like the couches. >> i think that's a couch that i could see at my brother's house. whatever. >> not exactly praising your brother there. >> no offense, jack. i don't know. i don't know why it needed to be redone. and i'm against the ultimate casualization of the white house and the presidency. i don't always think -- i know president obama was knocked for wearing shorts coming off of air force one. i think the office looked great the way it was. it's their white house to redecorate the way they want to. >> exactly. i think it's very sophisticated. as you put it well, it's their office. >> i've only seen this picture right here. >> well, that's pretty much it. >> i don't think you'll be invited anytime soon. >> that's all right. >> let's talk about glenn beck. this big revival, really, at the lincoln memorial this weekend. marking the anniversary of martin luther king's "i have a
dream speech." several hundred thousand people on the lincoln memorial. and it was interesting that glenn beck used the moment to talk about god. >> pray. pray on your knees. it's time to start the heart of this nation again. and put it where it belongs. our heart with god. >> meghan, you're a republican. you said you're religious. but you've also expressed some concerns about the tea party and the religious right. what did you make of all that? >> i think, no matter what you think of the tea party, i understand their frustration with the spending and why they're so frustrated. i think most americans are frustrated. i think this country was founded on the separation of church and state. i think it's fascinating how many people showed up to that rally. it's much more than i would have anticipated. 350,000 to 600,000. people are angry in this
country. and the mainstream media isn't paying attention to their problems. what do you expect? >> is that good or bad for the republican party? >> i still see him as an entertainer. this was a place for people to come together that were frustrated. i personal don't watch glenn beck. i think he has an older demographic. i honestly don't know what to make of it. but at the end of the day, the people are frustrated and angry and not being heard. >> i agree. i think people are very frustrated. that was a way to demonstrate the frustration. glenn beck is fascinating to me. he kept saying, it's not going to be a political rally. you invite sarah palin to speak. and inviting sarah palin, brings a political tone, whether that's your intention or not. and to speak about god and honor. i did not know we had gotten away from god. and i didn't know people didn't feel honer in this country. and i think sometimes, george, i made this analogy on my radio show.
it's like when you're a kid and having a dispute with your sibling. maybe you and john, maybe. and he hits you. and you start crying. and then, your mom turns around and says, why is she crying? and john goes, i don't know why she's crying. >> playing innocent. >> i think we have done that as children. when he said he had no idea that it was the anniversary of martin luther king, that may have been true in the beginning. certainly, as we went along, he knew. and i think to plead ignorance is very interesting. >> unfortunately, that has to be the last word. i wanted you to weigh in on "dancing with the stars." we'll have to get that the next time around. want you to weigh in online. you can check in at gma.com/ -- abcnews.com/gma. pollen. when i really liked to be outside, i did not like suffering
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good morning. we've got sunshine and one of the cooler spots at 72 in baltimore, catching up to 80 in philly and new york, we'll catch up with the sunshine for the day before the storm approach, still a thousand miles from ocean city. hurricane earl is working its way up, high pressure moving out, the approaching cold front steering this thing that should be reach ocean city by friday morning. poor air quality, code red ozone, 95, below the record for later today. let's see what's happening on the roads. 95 remains jammed between white marsh boulevard and the 895 split. road closures in severna park, northbound ritchie highway closed at mckenzie road, also
dealing with downed power lines at old york road and glen berry road in phoenix that has that closed as well. megan pringle has your morning news update. everyone up and down the east coast keeping a nervous eye on earl this morning. maryland's emergency management director says hurricane earl could pass between 200 and 250 miles off the coast of ocean city, late thursday or early friday. we'll of course keep you posted. baltimore city police and firefighters unions once again are sounding the alarm over a pension dispute. the unions are holding rallies this week including one last night in downtown baltimore, they are concerned about the changes in the pension plan that went into effect last month. and aaa says they don't expect any major travel problems over the holiday weekend. more than 90% of marylanders will hit the roads on friday, but if earl gets too close things will change. we'll keep you posted. we're out of time, we'll send you back to new york. see you in a half hour for good
♪ [ cheers and applause ] that was lady antebellum, to close out our summer concert series. and they're one of the early nominees that we have in the cma awards. and the biggies are going to be announced today because we have two superstars here in our midst. we have miranda lambert. we have dierks bentley. they are here to announce the other big awards for the cmas. also awards from "good housekeeping."ds for the cmas. they picked all of the best back-to-school products. we'll have that coming up in a little bit. also this morning, we revealed that bristol palin's partner on "dancing with the stars" will be mark ballas.
only on "gma," we have a few more of the "dancing with the stars." brandy, she gets maks. erin was here yesterday. she said that maks is very excited about dancing with brandy. jennifer grey, two-time winner derek hough. that's not fair. he's a two-time winner. and florence henderson will be dancing with corky ballas. >> and audrina is marking with alex dovolani. and the situation is getting marina smirnoff. and david hasselhoff is paired with kim johnson, who won in season nine. >> there are other pairings. go to our website, abcnews.com/gma. and get the full list of competitors. >> less than three weeks away,
at 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central. we have weather coming up now. sam in north carolina, keeping a close watch on hurricane earl. and we have some news. >> hey. good morning, george and robin. i'm guessing that they changed the show to dancing shirtless with the stars. i'm just guessing that that's what kind of comes out of this whole thing. let's get to the boards. we have a lot to talk about. the hurricane center has made minor adjustments that could be big changes. hatteras island is asked to evacuate. just like ocracoke island. the hurricane center has shifted the actual path of this storm to be a little bit closer to the carolina area, as it passes by. it's just not going to get pushed back out to the atlantic right away. no change in its position as it relates to the east coast or the mid-atlantic. but everyone keeping a close eye. there's too many adjustments to this track for my liking, as we head into two and three days up the coastline. quick look at the big board to
show you there are storms right in the middle of the country, with our much-delayed cold front that we were hoping that would keep this storm that is earl well off the shoreline. and we have the big heat going on in the northeast today. also want to advise that gaston, and the storm that would be gaston, now has an 80% chance of developing off the coast of africa. the all that weather was brought to you by kellogg's special k. and we are live on the coastline of north carolina, watching hurricane earl. george? robin? >> okay, thank you, sam. as america's family goes back to school, "the good house
kwn keeping" institute has looked at several products. we're going to start out with the very fancy lunch bags here. >> we are. gone from lunchboxes to lunch bags, actually. we tested 43 different types at the good housekeeping research institute. and these are the ones that we chose. this is the arctic zone high top kids. what's nice about it is it has lots of room inside. it has a section in the bottom where you can put a container with a sandwich. so, the peanut butter and jelly won't get squashed. and we thought this would appeal to older kids. it's from lands' end. it looks more like a backpack and less like a lunch bag. it has a water bottle container. you can hook it to your backpack. lots of room inside. of the 43 we tested, none of the bags tested well enough to keep
refrigerated food safe until lunchtime. >> that's a big problem. >> that's a big problem. we evaluated them on features and how easy and durable they were to clean. one recommendation we had was to freeze the sandwich. >> even if they have the ice packs? >> even with an ice pack and just refrigerated food, it didn't stay at a safe temperature long enough to eat at lunchtime. >> if you want to be safe -- >> exactly. freeze the sandwich. and put the ice pack in. we were able to keep the food safe for up to six hours. the child will eat a safe lunch. >> that's important. let's move on to the backpacks. >> backpacks, seems like you need a new one every year. there's dozens that come out every year. we tested 32. these are our two top favorites in terms of performance. this one for a little younger kids. it's called the eagle creek lift. and it opens to one, big pouch inside. there's not a lot of things for
them to fiddle around with. it's one, big pouch inside. it also has, what we liked, was a secret pouch back here. i don't know if you can see it. for little kids that want to hide valuables, a key, a cell phone, it's not so obvious. >> and what's so important is the fit. >> absolutely. if you have a backpack from last year, try it on again. you shouldn't load it up with 10% to 15% of their body weight. it needs to go not above their neck and not below the small of her back. for older kids, this is the high sierra, fat boy. a funny game. but a great bag. superdurable. lots of great organizers. even a cell phone pouch on the strap. it turned out well of our tests. >> you tested 42 of them? >> 32. >> these are kids back to college. >> back to school, back to college. you need dorm sheets. college beds are extra long twins. they're five inches longer than a standard twin.
you need special sheets. the one on the dead is from lonsetta. the pinpoint 360. best in terms of quality. a soft sheet. it will hold up well. and they're sold as separates. >> do you factor in price at all? >> we look at quality. but we comment on the price. and that leaves us to our best value. that's bedding basics from bed, bath & beyond. it will fit over a mattress topper. >> on the night stand, for kids going back to college, nothing easier than to drop the sheets that contains detergent and fabric softener. it goes from the wash, to the dryer. >> carolyn forte, thank you very much. good advice from "good housekeeping." we have more other back-to-school recommendations on our website, abcnews.com. and tomorrow, the scene your kids need to make sure the
we are back. who loves country music here in this studio? that's what i'm talking about. it's country music's biggest night. we have two of its biggest stars. so big, i can't get on stage with them. that's how big they are. they will unveil the contenders for the 44th annual cma awards. let's get right to it. miranda lambert. dierks bentley, take it away. >> excited to be here today. we'll start off with album of the year. the award goes to artist and producer. the nominees are "need you now," lady antebellum, capital records, nashville. "play on," carrie underwood.
19 recordings. "revolution." miranda lambert. produced by frank liddell, mike wrunke, columbia national. "twang" george strait. and can you read that one? >> that says -- >> "up on the ridge." >> "up on the ridge." produced by john randall stewart, capital records. >> i got the nominees for musical event of the year. they are -- dierks bentley, featuring miranda lambert and jamey johnson, "bad angel." capital records, nashville. "can't you see," kid rock, featuring zac brown band. "hillbilly bone." blake shelton, and trace adkins. "i'm alive."
kenny chesney. "till the end," alan jackson with leann womack. >> cool. what do you think about blake? >> pretty good. >> i got the nominees for female -- yeah. i have the nominees for female vocalist of the year. are -- miranda lambert. [ applause ] martina mcbride. reba mcentire. taylor swift. and carrie underwood. good company. >> i have male vocalist of the year. >> you better -- >> don't look. >> you better turn the paper. seriously. i cheated. you weren't actually on there. i just said it. >> great. >> brad paisley. blake shelton. george strait. keith urban. and dierks bentley. >> i saw my picture up there. >> i did it out of order. >> okay. the final one of the year.
the nominees -- this is the big one. nominees for entertainer of the year are. stop looking. lady antebellum. miranda lambert. [ applause ] >> wow. >> brad paisley. keith urban. and the zac brown band. congratulations. >> congratulations to you. [ applause ] >> now, i'm going to tell on you guys just a little bit. during rehearsals, they got to look at the nominees for the first time. and i was dipping in. you all were going -- woo. you were a bit surprised and very elated. >> we were trying to re-enact excitement. we've been sipping it like a fine whiskey. >> and celebrating. >> enjoying it. >> it's really unbelievable. we're both -- i mean, i'm really shocked that some of the nominations, definitely. >> nine of them. you had five yesterday. and four today. so, a total of nine. yeah. for a female artist.
>> yeah. it's really -- >> and three for you. that's not shabby at all. >> male vocalist of the year. album of the year. >> it's really big. i'm so excited. i want to thank my mom and my family. oh. >> you don't have the award yet. this is nominations. >> i'm sorry. i got carried away. >> can we take a break. will you all invite me on stage with you? we can talk a little more. >> can come up right now. >> i can't. i have a hammy. i can't do that. the 44th annual cma awards, wednesday november 10th, on abc. you can find out who the winners will be. you can catch dierks tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central on abc. we'll be right back.
we are back with miranda lambert and dierks bentley. there's two big nominees in this year's race for the cmas. it will be in november in n this nashville. looking forward to being back there again. congratulations. like dierks said, nine. that's the most of any artist, for the cmas. including entertainer of if year. taylor swift won it last year. a woman can win it. >> it's time. the girls are kicking some butt these days.
i can't believe it. really, i can't. it's not something -- >> can you put into words your entire year, miranda? >> no. 2010 has been my lucky -- start putting 10 on everything. it's my lucky number i guess. got engaged. had some great things happen with the acms. now, the cmas. nine nominations, i would have thought i would eligible for nine categories. it's unbelievable. >> and you're nominated, going to go head-to-head with your fiance. >> i know. he did good. >> can we see that? come in close aerolittle bit. >> he picked it out all by himself. >> dierks, long-time admirer of you, and your album, up for album of the year, nomination, is going back to your roots. that has to be gratifying to know you can do what you want to do and be recognized, as well. >> it's sticking out to me.
the fans. and a record with a little bluegrass. that is part of the country music. under the country music umbrella. this record takes some that element. and throws it right into the mix. so, that means a lot to me, for this record and the guys that played on it. and my buddy, john randall, to be recognized. >> and you all had a lot of friends that you're reading the names of them. i know lady antebellum, they did a couple of songs with you, didn't they? >> yeah. well for my record. and hilary and i wrote a song on blake's new record, called "suffocating." you read the names. you build relationships with people. and country is -- we're all close. it is. if you're not winning and getting nominated, you're happy your friends are. >> there you go. we have extended cousins. long cousins here, part of the country family, who have a couple of questions for you.
>> hi. my name's melissa from ohio. i'm a big fan of both of you. and i want to know, who is your musical inspiration? >> for me, george strait and hank jr. would be the two guys that got me into country music. i veered off into rock music when i was 13, 14, 15. but 17, i got back into hank jr. those are the guys that got me into it. >> merle haggard, for sure. my love for the music. >> hi. my name is billy from fredericksburg, virginia. and my family from alabama, loves your music. but nyu students want to know what it's like to live your dream right now? >> that's a good one. >> it's crazy. i was in last night, with my wife. we watched a show in town. "rock of ages." and some guy is up there singing a bon jovi song. i was up on stage with him singing "wanted dead or alive."
. it's amazing. if you put your mind to something, you can go out and do it. >> it feels like every day is a blessing because you get to do what you love. and people love it. some people do what they love. and some people don't love it. >> that's true. >> we're lucky, you know, that we're getting to do it. and people are responding. it's a huge blessing. >> yeah. a blessing. >> well said. thank you both very much. and, you know what? the class of 2014, you never know what's going to happen on down the pike. so, thank you for your questions. and good luck to you. >> go for it. >> now, you can see the full list of cma award nominees at abcnews.com/g abcnews.com/gma. now, we see you. we want to hear you sing. we're going to hear you sing tonight, on the big special we have. the 44th annual cma awards, hosted by brad paisley, on november 10th.
the plaza on 13th street, great weather at the beach. it's about that surf. that surf has settled down from last weekend's events, and danielle a thousand miles off the coast is going to start picking up today and especially as we head in through tomorrow with the approach of earl, and earl is probably going to be more like 150 to 200 miles away. high pressure in control right now. that slides off the coast. we've got a strong cold front to our left, passing off the carolina outer banks, not much to be felt in baltimore. a hot day today, 95, and more on the forecast of earl coming up on "good morning maryland" at 9:00. the i-95 corridor is slow and hectic and got worse. we have a jackknifed tractor- trailer in the southbound lanes, right past mountain road, all the southbound lanes are closed at this time. avoid it, avoid it, avoid it.
long delays and you might maybe take philadelphia road this morning as an alternate or pulaski highway, but keep that in mind. as we look at the maps, the same accidents around the area, we do have an accident reported on the outer loop lanes at dulaney valley road, that's also the right shoulder. however, it is slow going us a make your way across the top side of the beltway, still dealing with an accident in severna park, northbound 2 closed, take annapolis boulevard as an alternate. "good morning maryland" is up next.